Garlic Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon (The Best Salmon Ever!)

Garlic Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon has the most amazing garlic brown sugar soy glaze.  The flavor is out of this world and it will become a new family favorite! 

Garlic Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon

You all know by now that salmon is my absolute favorite.  I eat it all of the time because it is so good and good for you!  There are quite a few salmon recipes on here, and you could say that I am a little obsessed.  And this is coming from a former salmon hater.  But now I eat it all of the time because it is so good!  So if you think you don’t like salmon, you have GOT to try this recipe!

This recipe soared to the number one spot of my favorite salmon recipes.  Now that is saying something for how uh-mazing this recipe is.  You can’t go wrong with this glaze.  Brown sugar, garlic, soy sauce, lemon juice, and some salt and pepper come together to bring you some mind-blowing flavor.  Our family just couldn’t seem to get enough of this delicious salmon!

You start by preparing the salmon.  You lay your salmon out on the foil and salt and pepper it.  I like to bake mine in the oven.  This helps to seal in all of that amazing flavor as it cooks.

How long does it take to bake salmon in foil?

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Seal the salmon in the foil and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Baste the glaze on the top and broil for another 3-5 minutes.

The flavor is incredible in this salmon.  Any sauce that involves brown sugar, garlic, and soy sauce, I know will become a favorite!  This meal is perfect for feeding your family an impressive meal.  And it makes a perfect holiday meal as well!

This is going to be a recipe that you make again and again!

Watch this video on how the salmon is made:

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Garlic Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon (The Best Salmon Ever!)
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Serves: 4
  • 2 pounds salmon, I used Atlantic salmon
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • garnish with sliced lemons and chopped parsley if desired
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lay the salmon on top and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fold up the sides of the aluminum foil around the salmon.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Pour the glaze over the salmon. Top the salmon with aluminum foil and seal.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until salmon is cooked throughout. Take the foil off of the top and baste the salmon with the sauce in the foil. Broil for 3-5 minutes or until brown and caramelized. Garnish with lemon slices and chopped parsley if desired.

More delicious salmon recipes:

Pan Seared Salmon with a Creamy Lemon Dill Sauce

Sheet Pan Thai Salmon

Baked Parmesan Garlic Herb Salmon 


Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Great recipe!! I substituted 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper for 1/2 tsp black pepper. Result was incredible! Next time will try cutting salt in half.

  2. I really want to try this recipe and was curious if you are able to get the same results and flavor by cooking the salmon on the stove in a skillet? Thank you so much!!

  3. Thank you so much for this recipe. Since we are on ‘keto’. I substituted the brown sugar with Swerve Brown Sugar and used Liquid Aminos in place of the soy sauce. And there you have it… a keto friendly meal. Served with faux fried rice (aka riced cauliflower) & veggies.

  4. To say it is too delicious, beautiful color extremely, my grandfather loved this worn, I first into the kitchen and succeeded.
    Having a party next week, I will definitely cook this dish
    You are too excellent.

  5. Probably one of the best recipes ever. The brown sugar makes the perfect little crust over the salmon. Soooo good! 🤤 I’m making it again today for New Year’s eve actually!

  6. Tried this last night. Delicious. Definitely a keeper. Doubled the recipe using a Kokanee and an Alaskan. Shouldn’t have doubled the sauce though. Omitted the cayenne, have young grandkids.


  8. Excellent recipe.. Totally delicious, I gobbled up my salmon so fast, my hubby stared at me in disbelief. Yummmm…. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe.

  9. This was the best salmon I have ever made or eaten. Amazing! So simple. I used parchment paper because I do not cook with foil. I will definitely use this recipe over and over again.

  10. Excellent receipe. Stuck exactly to the directions, but maybe cooked a little longer. Goes great with butter and garlic asparagus and even a little white rice.

  11. Hi Alyssa, can you prepare this the day beforehand and remove from the fridge say 15 minutes before you want to bake the Salmon? Or, will the lemon juice cook it whilst it’s in the fridge?

  12. The broiler in my oven is in the bottom drawer and I don’t like to use it because I feel it doesn’t work well. Can I just keep baking in the oven after taking it out to baste? Should I turn the heat up?

    1. Hi Mary!

      Yes, unfortunately it will change the taste but it may be still pretty good without it. If you decide to try without, please let me know. I would love to know! Thanks for following along with me.

  13. OMG! Best salmon recipe I have ever tried. This sauce is so incredible. This is going to be my new favorite go to recipe for salmon. If I could give it 10 stars I would. Thank you!

  14. First let me say I am not much of a seafood eater. But this recipe was fantastic and I will definitely eat more fish using this recipe. I give it two thumbs up.

  15. Such an easy and impressive recipe. I prepared it with cauliflower fried rice and now have a weekly staple on my hands! I will say my glaze tends to burn in my broiler. Not sure if I have an unusually high heat broiler. I’m just going to broil less time and keep a closer eye on it

  16. WOW!!! Had 3 pounds of Atlantic salmon so I doubled the recipe, and as always used extra garlic. 20 minutes in the foil was sufficient. This was AMAZING, and so incredibly simple. Bagging the leftovers with the sauce; it’s going to make a fantastic lunch. Thanks for the recipe. It’s a keeper.

  17. I HAD to comment because I hate eating fish. It is like the worst thing ever to me. But this recipe was excellent! I loved it and look forward to eating it again soon. Thanks for giving me a way to make salmon that I’ll actually enjoy!

    1. That is exactly how I felt before I started trying new recipes that I eventually love salmon now. Thank you for sharing! I am so glad that you loved it and that it was a success. Thank you for following along with me!

  18. Well, I don’t follow along, just googled “best brown sugar glazed salmon” and wallah! Up came your page. Have never liked salmon, so thought brown sugar would help it. But Yowzers! Your recipe is absolutely delicious! My wife said, as she gobbled it down, “We should have this once a week!” I agreed. So I printed out the recipe. Had made it by following on my tab. Now it is in our recipe book. THANKS FOR HELPING US BE HEALTHY!

  19. this was amazing!!!! however I made a small change because we didn’t have any lemon juice. I added two tablespoons of spicy brown mustard. I may never use the lemon juice. it was heavenly!

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